Wenceslao: Hope

Bong O. Wenceslao
·3 min read

THE vaccination effort of the government to end the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country has started, but it will take long before the rest of the population will be reached by it. My eldest, who is now doing online classes for his civil engineering course, is apparently resigned to that fact. He noted how the first to be vaccinated would be me, being a senior citizen, and his mother, who is working in a firm included in Manny V. Pangilinan’s reach. Pangilinan is procuring vaccines for his employees nationwide.

Government’s priority is clear in its mass vaccination plan. In Cebu, the first priority are the frontliners. We have seen photos of Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera getting his shot of the vaccine manufactured by the Chinese firm Sinovac. The other vaccine is from British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca. The first ones administered were the doses given free to us. But beggars can’t be choosers.

Of course, there are worries. But I understand that the Department of Health (DOH) is making sure of two things. One, to ensure that only the “qualified” ones will be vaccinated. Two, that post- vaccination effects would be monitored. This is important because the worries about the vaccination are real. And that would affect the goal of the vaccination: for us to achieve herd immunity.

Herd immunity is the indirect protection the vulnerable segment of the population will have once the virus stops spreading following a successful vaccination effort. The World Health Organization (WHO) still has to come up with a deeper study on what percentage of the vaccination effort herd immunity against Covid-19 will be reached in the country. Apparently, studies on other illnesses like polio and measles won’t apply because the coronavirus is a different “enemy” altogether, but herd immunity should be achieved against Covid-19 for us to go back to normal life.

My wife’s worry is on how the lack of a thyroid gland would affect her vaccination. I worry about my own capability to develop antibodies once injected with the vaccine. But I say that enough study on the vaccination effort would already be completed when my turn to be vaccinated comes. I hope that would be enough to drive away the worries that I am now harboring. So I am happy that the vaccines have already been rolled out in the country but have my worries about the effect of the vaccine on my body.

But these worries should not deter us from undergoing vaccination. I understand that in social media there is a group, a loose one I think, that is campaigning against the vaccination effort. It has however been proven, especially in the US, that vaccines are really effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. That country has seen the lowering of the spread of Covid-19 since the vaccines were rolled out. US President Joe Biden is even optimistic that the situation in that country will stabilize in July.

The light at the end of the tunnel is already in sight. Thank God.